Arvid Rosengren, winner of the 2016 Best Sommelier in the World competition, was unanimously chosen as the new director of the Sommeliers Contests Commission. Rosengren first joined the committee as a regular member in 2017. The re-composition of the commission was necessitated by the unfortunate passing of Gerard Basset, a beloved figure and the long-time director of the commission, in January 2019.
“What an honor it is to be appointed to this position. The Sommelier Contests are one of the calling cards of our organization and an important tool for building our brand both internally and externally,” Arvid Rosengren declared afterward.
A follow-on vote, also unanimous, appointed Olivier Poussier as a regular member of the commission. Poussier, the 2000 Best Sommelier in the World, joins Serge Dubs, Paolo Basso, Andreas Larsson, Markus del Monego, ASI President Andrés Rosberg, Michèle Chantôme (coordinator), Ricardo Grellet (logistics) and Saiko Tamura-Soga (logistics).